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The Best is Yet to Come!

Let's get ZANY with these March events

So maybe it hasn’t been a picture-perfect ski season, but you can bet your snow-loving bottom that the month of March will undoubtedly bring the most fun!  Keep those skis and boards waxed, pull out your spring wear and warm-weather gloves, grab your koozie and a few snacks, and let’s get this party started!  The best of ski season 2016 is on its way!  Seeyou at these zany-tastic events ...


March 12-13

Winter Carnival at Holiday Valley is without a doubt a fan favorite!  Enjoy a full weekend of fun events on and off the slopes.  From the costume parade down Mardi Gras slope, to the Dummy Downhill, Mountain Crew Snowbar, Safety Patrol cookout at the base of Yodeler and Sunday’s pancake breakfast at the Champagne Warming Hut, plus the HV lift crew snow sculpture competition, live music inside the lodges and more! Winter Carnival provides one of the most fun, iconic weekends of the season.  A detailed schedule of the weekend’s events will be posted on the Holiday Valley website as we get closer to the date, so check back regularly.


Saturday, March 12 @ 6pm

Venture downtown Saturday evening and watch Ellicottville’s Mardi Gras Parade.  Last year the participants went above and beyond with their costumes – it is always a sight to see!  Better yet, join in the fun and march too!  Everyone is invited to take part, and it’s FREE!  For a parade application, go to or contact the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce at 716-699-5046.   NEW THIS YEAR: Ellicottville Brewing Company will be the location for the Junior Bacchus Ball the evening prior to the parade (Friday, March 11), when candidates vying for Mardi Gras King & Queen will give a speech on why they qualify for Mardi Gras Royalty, with coronation to follow.  There will be music, food and a cash bar; dress is ski casual.  Tickets for the Bacchus Ball (to be held from 7-9pm) are $20 and are very limited, so purchase yours before they’re gone!  Contact the Chamber for more details.


Saturday, March 19 @ 1pm

Sign up to skim across an ice water-filled, manmade trench at the bottom of Yodeler on your skis or snowboard, or just come out to watch – it’s a guaranteed good time!  Not everyone makes it across, but everyone’s attempts are hilarious – especially those who dress up for it!  Registration for the pond skimming will take place the day of, starting at 11am outside Yodeler Lodge.  Cost is $5; kids under 18 must have a parent signature; minimum age is 8 years old.  Some fun prizes will be awarded in various categories including Best Skimmer, Best Costume, Best Kid and Best Splash.  All participants will receive a one-day pool pass for the Holiday Valley summer pool complex.  Music, mini-snowbar with margaritas and beer specials, BBQ … it’s a great way to enjoy the coming of Spring!

Make a little extra room for these other spring events, including the Northwind Super G at Holiday Valley March 20, and the Happy Half Marathon, 5K and Beer Mile race on May 7 ... Before you know it, we’ll be gearing up for super summer excitement with Bicycle Weekend, the Holiday Valley Mudslide, and Ellicottville’s Summer Music Festival featuring Rusted Root, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and 38 Special!  Learn more by clicking over to and